1.25 lbs ground beef
1 medium onion, minced (about 1 cup)
1 Tbsp jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained
1 15-oz can peeled diced tomatoes
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
4 Tbsp chili powder (2+2)
2 Tbsp cumin (1+1)
2 garlic cloves minced + 1 tsp garlic powder
1 bay leaf
2 tsp oregano (1+1)
2 tsp paprika (1+1)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Brown ground beef in a dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat. Remove beef from pot and drain fat.
Add onion, jalapeno, and garlic to the pot; saute for about two minutes.
Return the beef to the pot and add remaining ingredients (reserve half of the chili powder and cumin for later) and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add remaining chili powder and cumin in the last 5 minutes. Serve with shredded cheddar and green onion garnish.